6 years in prison for fake news [ACT]

Update, 1 May 2018: It turns out that the law adopted in Malaysia is not meant to be dead. People using social networking sites to spread fake news should be on guard. The caution was not retained by a 46-year-old who was officially the first convicted for the publication of false messages in Internet .

What was fake news about? Well, as reported Gizmodo , citizen of Denmark, Salah Salem Saleh Sulaiman, published a video on YouTube, in which he argued that the response time of the Malaysian police to information about the shooting of a 34-year-old alleged member of the Hamas group was 50 minutes. The facts are supposed to be such that the matter was dealt with after just 8 minutes.

During the hearing, the accused pleaded guilty and apologized, which acted soothingly. Adding to the fact that fake news was not so serious, a 46-year-old man heard a month’s imprisonment or a $ 2,500 fine – due to the lack of such a sum he chose option number one. As you can read in the original news below, the horrific news in this Asian country is now threatening up to 6 years in prison.

News, 3 April 2018: Inaccurate messages (meaning fake news) are one of the biggest problems of the modern world. In no way, the unauthorized publication of content on the Internet and their rapid spread makes it easy to come across a “fake”. The owners of social networking sites are trying to fight it by removing such entries, but the Malaysian authorities are going a step further and want to penalize them.

In accordance with the law in Malaysia since early April, citizens who deal with the spread of news fake have to face huge penalties. They face a fine of up to 500,000 ringgits (or about PLN 440 thousand) and up to six years in prison. It is less than originally proposed – the Anti-Fake News bill mentioned a decade behind bars.

The adoption of law is received in two ways. Some praise Malaysia for taking firm steps in the fight against the threat that fake news is undoubtedly. Others, however, point out that freedom of speech may be limited in this way – many people may refrain from publishing for fear of punishment.

Of course, this is also the most important problem, that is, who is to assess what is fake news, and what is not it …

Source: The Verge, Gizmodo, Reuters. Illustration: GDJ / Pixabay (CC0)

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